The purpose of this study is to describe and analyse the
policies and approaches of two countries with experience in private
sector solutions to improving roads infrastructure.
Whilst one of
the cases is a developed country, the aim of the study is to elucidate
best practices experiences that can give guidance, in a practical
form, to policy makers in developing countries.
A poor road network and poor standards of maintenance
characterize many developing countries. Landlocked developing
countries face additional constraints of international road access to
Perceptions of an inadequate road network exist both:
- In very poor and slow growing developing countries,
where a lack of roads is seen as presenting an obstacle
to development take-off; and
- In fast-growing developing countries, where roads and
complementary transport infrastructure are seen as a
bottleneck to maintaining the pace of expansion.
These perceptions persist despite decades of public funding
and operation of roads supported by large-scale official
development assistance (ODA).
Attracting private investment,
including foreign direct investment (FDI), is seen by many
governments as an attractive means of complementing public